Best Essential Oils for Sleep

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plants to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes, from boosting mood to relieving migraines. In this article, I listed out the best oils that can be used to feel calm, relax and help you sleep.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before getting started, there are a few basics to remember when working with essential oils:

  • When applying oils topically, always use a carrier oil. These are oils used to dilute essential oils, like coconut, argan oil or jojoba oil.
  • Always do a patch test before applying anything to larger areas of your skin.
  • Make sure you only ingest essential oils that are meant to be eaten.
  • Buy “pure” essential oils. There are all kinds of knock-off versions and perfume oils that don’t contain the same benefits. Check for example the brand Physalis.

1. Bergamot

The pleasant scent of bergamot is both relaxing and refreshing. A relaxing bath in the evening with a bergamot based oil will prepare you for a peaceful night. The wonderfully stimulating scent of bergamot during the day keeps the mind fresh and balanced.

  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of bergamot oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of petitgrain, 3 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of lavender oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

2. Geranium

The scent of geranium is reminiscent of roses. The scent helps to relax when you are feeling nervous or fatigue. It strengthens the mind and brings it back into balance.

  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of geranium oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY drops of young skin
Mix 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of tea tree oil. Soak a cotton swab in this mixture and carefully mark the spots.

3. Lavender

Lavender oil has relaxing properties, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and has sedative effects.

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY pillow spray
Pour 25 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle halfway with witch hazel. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake bottle to combine all the ingredients. Insert a sprig of lavender dried flowers to finish off your fragrant spray.

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4. Orange

Orange oil has a positive influence on the mind and ensures a good and healthy night’s sleep. Orange oil refreshes and purifies the air and, also the scent promotes appetite.

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of orange oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of orange oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sleep well drink
Add 2 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil and 2 drops of cinnamon oil into a herbal infusion. Drink in the evening before going to bed.

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5. Jasmine

Jasmine has a powerful floral, intriguing aroma. The smell brings peace and balance.

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of jasmine oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of jasmine oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY massage blend
In a 10 ml roller bottle mix 2 drops of jasmine oil and 4 drops of marjoram essential oil. Top with vegetable oil of your choice. Massage into the abdomen and/or lower back as needed.

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6. Frankincense

Frankincense oil has been used for thousands of years in places of rest and meditation. Frankincense oil has a positive and calming influence on the mind.

  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of frankincense oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY drops of meditation spray
Pour 6 drops of frankincense oil, 1 drop of ylang-ylang,  2 drops of bergamot oil, 1 drop of sandalwood into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle halfway with water. Spray every 10 to 15 minutes.

7. Lemon Balm (Melissa)

Lemon balm is a traditional aromatic plant. It helps against restlessness and insomnia. It reduces anxiety and promotes a sense of calm. Lemon balm oil extract can improve the quality of sleep in adults and children.

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lemon balm oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lemon balm oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 8 drops of lemon balm, 8 drops of lavender and 4 drops of marjoram oil on 50 ml (5 tablespoons) vegetable oil of your choice. Use this massage oil before bedtime to help you fall asleep faster.

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With Love,
Alisson

Read more about essential oils here.

One thought on “Best Essential Oils for Sleep

  1. Reblogged this on An Aussie Maple Leaf, adrift on the wind… and commented:
    There are people in this world who are able to get into bed, lie down, take a deep breath, and fall asleep right away.

    I kid you not.
    I know this, because my husband is one of them.

    I can lie there practising every relaxation and breathing technique I know, and it doesn’t happen. Sometimes I can lie there for hours before I finally drop off. This is what I have come to consider “normal”.

    Even if I don’t fall asleep as quickly or easily as I would like, I have found that essential oils can be very helpful with relaxation and restfulness.

    This very handy post by Alisson at The Sustainable Mess blog outlines which ones are generally the most useful.

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